In this guide we’ll take a look at the best knitting machines.
We’ve compared performance, handling of yarns, ease of use, and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What is The Best Knitting Machine?

  • Features
  • Great for all skill levels
  • Knits quickly and efficiently
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Cost
Rating
9.8/10
  • Features
  • Great for beginners
  • User-friendly
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Cost
Rating
9.7/10
  • Features
  • Great for all skill levels
  • Knits quickly and efficiently
  • Good value for money
  • Cost
Rating
9.2/10
  • Features
  • Ideal for beginners
  • Budget-friendly
  • Perfect for smaller projects
  • Cost
Rating
8.7/10

More Detailed Knitting Machine Reviews

Addi Express King Size Extended Edition

Released in September 2018, the Addi Express King Size Extended Edition is a new and slightly improved version of the Addi Express King Size model I reviewed below. The company has taken great care to improve the row counter feature. If you regularly knit items that require an accurate row count, I’d recommend splurging on this model.

Although the extended edition is slightly more expensive that the original, it does come with some bells and whistles that make the machine more versatile. Along with replacement needles, a threading tool, stoppers, feet, and clamps, the kit includes a newly released pattern book entitled, “Winding Instead of Knitting.” I have to admit, I’m not keen on the title, as machine knitting is still indeed knitting. But the book does give knitters options beyond basic machine knitting.

Just like the original, the extended model includes 46 needles. It’s sturdy and made from high-quality materials, which I’ve come to expect from Addi.

If you’re brand new to machine knitting, keep in mind that there may be a learning curve. Because dropped stitches and imperfect finished objects are to be expected in the beginning, I’d recommend using scrap yarn at first. Of course, re-knitting a skein or ball of yarn is an option if the finished item fails to meet your expectations.

As with the other Addi machine I reviewed, the extended model works best with worsted weight yarns, although it’s possible to hold finer yarns double. I’ve learned that trial and error is the best way to find out if the machine works well with particular yarns.

Like many other knitters who have purchased this machine, I was unable to view the included DVD, as it wouldn’t work on my player. The item is made in Germany, which may account for this.

If you are trying to decide between the original and extended models, consider the enhanced features and whether they are worth the additional cost. If the improved row counter is a feature you will utilize regularly, the extended version may be your best bet.

Pros

  • Great for all skill levels
  • Knits quickly and efficiently
  • Includes a new and improved row counter
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Will help you work through your stash quickly

Cons

  • Does not work well with fine or bulky yarns
  • The included DVD doesn’t work in some DVD players

Addi Express King Size Knitting Machine Kit

Whether you’ve been knitting for decades or you’re new to the craft, you can’t go wrong with Addi products. Along with their popular lines of fixed and interchangeable knitting needles, Addi is well-known for creating dependable knitting machines.

The Addi Express King Size circular model includes 46 needles, making it ideal for larger projects. And because this model comes in the form of a kit, you’ll receive everything you need in one package.

With four base feet, hooks for table mounting, and a handy digital row counter, the Addi Express King Size model is truly an amazing value! It also happens to be my favorite knitting machine.

Although the company recommends using the machine with yarn weights ranging from 4 to 8, I’ve found that this machine works best with worsted weight yarns. I would not recommend attempting to knit bulky or other heavier weight yarns with this model. I would also steer clear of fuzzier yarns, as the fiber tends to get stuck in the machine’s needles, which can cause them to break.

When knitting circular items, the Addi Express King Size Machine creates fabric measuring approximately 10 to 15 inches in diameter. I particularly enjoy knitting hats and other items that require a larger tube.

I appreciate the fact that this Addi machine has the capability of knitting flat projects in addition to circular items. When knitting flat, the finished fabric measures approximately 18 inches wide.

If you have lots of yarn leftovers, a great way to use them is to knit them flat and then knit, crochet, or sew them together by hand to form a scrappy blanket. I’ve made several blankets for family members and friends, and they’re always well received!

For a tutorial on knitting flat with the Addi King Size model, click here.

It’s important to note that the majority of items knitted on a knitting machine will require some hand knitting or sewing. For instance, if you knit a tube for a hat on the machine, you’ll need to decrease for the crown with your preferred knitting needles. As an alternative, you can simply pull the yarn taut to cinch up the knitted fabric.

I found an excellent tutorial on YouTube that demonstrates how to machine knit a hat in less than 30 minutes. You can find it here.

The machine primarily knits stockinette, although it can be manually manipulated to create some simple patterns. It is not intended to use for intricate patterns.

This is a relatively lightweight machine, weighing in at just over 4 pounds, making it easily portable. The product dimensions are 10.2 x 6 x 10 inches. It requires a single AAA battery, which is included in the kit, but I recommend having extras on hand.

This Addi model is great for all skill levels. It is the perfect solution if you’re looking to work through your stash quickly. When compared to knitting by hand, I would describe this machine as a speedster.

Whether you’re planning to purchase a knitting machine to crank out projects quickly, or you can’t knit by hand for any reason, I feel confident recommending this product. It’s truly the best knitting machine for beginners out there.

Pros

  • Great for all skill levels
  • User-friendly
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Creates knitted objects quickly
  • An excellent alternative to traditional knitting

Cons

  • Does not work well with fine or bulky yarns
  • Row counter is not always accurate

Addi Express Professional Knitting Machine

Smaller than the king-sized version and offered at a more affordable price point, the Addi Express Professional Knitting Machine is an excellent choice for beginner machine knitters. With 22 needles and a built-in row counter, this machine is perfect for creating smaller knitted items. The kit also includes replacement needles, a plastic needle for hand-sewing, leg clamps for easy mounting, and an instruction manual.

The machine itself measures 9.1 x 9.8 x 5.9 inches. At just under 3 pounds, it’s easily portable.

Just like the aforementioned models, this Addi Express model is capable of creating both circular and flat material. Circular items knit up to approximately 4 to 6 inches, while flat items knit up to about 6 to 8 inches wide.

If you’d like to make narrow scarves and/or baby or children’s items, this model is ideal. If you prefer to make items in various sizes and widths, and your budget allows, I’d recommend this Addi model in addition to the king size version.

Although I haven’t personally taken note of how long it takes to knit an object with this machine, one Amazon reviewer shared that this machine knits 60 to 65 rows in under two minutes. As with the king-sized version, the Addi Express is a great stash buster! If you have a large yarn stash, this machine makes completing finished objects fast and easy.

I’ve found that the row counter isn’t always accurate or reliable, but I wouldn’t consider this lackluster feature a deal-breaker. The machine still has plenty to offer.

When you first start using this machine, I’d recommend having a crochet hook on hand, as dropped stitches are to be expected. Just like with any knitting machine, you’ll likely need to adjust your tension and knit practice pieces to perfect the craft. Patience is definitely key!

As with the other Addi machines I’ve reviewed, worsted yarn works best with the Addi Express. While it’s possible to hold two strands of finer yarn together, I’ve found that I have to be very careful to knit the strands in tandem.

Although this model comes with replacement needles, I love that Addi also sells them separately. If you want to stock up on replacement needles, you can purchase them here.

Whether you’re knitting for fun, profit, charity, or any other reason, I highly recommend this Addi model.

Pros

  • Great for all skill levels
  • Knits quickly and efficiently
  • Ideal for smaller projects and children’s items
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Pattern choices are limited
  • Row counter can be inconsistent

Pumpumly Knitting Machine Kit

If you’re brand new to knitting, or a higher priced machine just isn’t in the budget, the Pumpumly Knitting Machine Kit is a wonderful entry level option. This machine is ideal for crafters of all ages and skill levels. (The recommended age is 8+.) And because it’s completely manual, there’s no need for batteries.

At just over 2 pounds, this machine is easy to tote and store. It measures 13 x 12.9 x 5 inches, and it includes 40 needles.

Whether you want to knit circular or flat objects, the Pumpumply will help you create beautiful finished items. It’s great for hats, scarves, and other flat or tubular objects.

Although this model does come with user instructions, I’d recommend utilizing YouTube to get a feel for how knitting machines work. It’s difficult to find videos for this particular machine, but there are several videos highlighting brand name and lesser known machines that will help you with the basics.

I did find an excellent comparison video by YouTuber Margaret Olander, in which the knitting machine expert reviews Pumpumly and Prym machines compared to two Addi models. Spoiler alert: Just like me, Margaret is a fan of the Pumpumly model I’m reviewing here today.

This machine works best for smaller items, such as children’s hats, although it does work for smaller adult-sized hats as well. I’ve tested several weights of yarn and have found that DK, sport, and worsted weights work fairly well with the machine. I wouldn’t recommend using this model with fingering or bulky weight yarns.

I’d particularly recommend this model for children, or for folks who are unsure if they will enjoy the hobby. The reasonable price point makes this a great beginner machine; however, I’d definitely recommend it to seasoned crafters as well.

Pros

  • Great for all ages and skill levels
  • Creates flat and circular objects
  • Ideal for smaller projects and children’s items

Cons

  • Struggles with bulky weight yarns
  • Does not include a row counter

What to Consider When Buying a Knitting Machine

There are many things to consider when deciding on the knitting machine that is right for you and your craft. Consider the following:

How Much Time Will You Devote to the Hobby?

If you have limited time and only plan to use the machine on the rare occasion, you may want to start with a more affordable model. You may be surprised how much you enjoy the hobby. Many machine knitters fall in love with the craft and upgrade to pricier machines. In fact, just like yarn, many knitters collect knitting machines and own every model on the market!

What Do You Plan to Create?

If your goal is to make baby hats to donate to a local charity, a small knitting machine will work perfectly. However, if you are keen on knitting flat panels to create adult-sized sweaters, I’d recommend one of the Addi King Size models I reviewed above.

Because many crafters enjoy creating finished objects of various shapes and sizes, you may want to consider picking up both a smaller and larger machine.

How Much Money Do You Want to Invest?

As you probably already know, knitting can be a budget-friendly hobby or a very expensive pastime. If you prefer top of the line products, any of the Addi models I reviewed above should fit the bill. If you don’t have an abundance of extra cash, I’d recommend the Pumpumly model, as you’ll get plenty of perks without the lofty price tag.

A Final Piece of Advice

If you are on the fence as to which knitting machine to purchase, consider the questions above and, most importantly, enjoy your machine knitting journey! Don’t expect to be a master knitter from the moment you start cranking. Be patient with yourself, consult YouTube for fun and informative tutorials, and before long you’ll be machine knitting like a pro.

Happy Knitting!